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9 Ma May, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Hanoi, Vietnam

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1197 Total Reviews
  • 84%Value For Money
  • 92%Security
  • 97%Location
  • 86%Staff
  • 91%Atmosphere
  • 86%Cleanliness
  • 91%Facilities

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We had an awesome time at Hanoi Backpackers - Downtown! It definitely lived up to its promise as a party hostel. Super helpful staff, good free breakfast, clean rooms and bathrooms, and easy booking of tours. The hostel failed to pick us up at the airport though since we arrived at 12:30 AM. We were also downgraded from an 8-bed mixed dorm to a 12-bed mixed dorm and WiFi connection in 2nd floor is crappy. Castaways tour is a MUST-TRY! Beer is not free on the booze cruise though.


Amazing helpful and fun staff. Great food. Comfortable beds. Clean bathrooms. Party hostel but still a place where you can rest a get a good night sleep. Wanna meet new friends and have the time of your life.. this is THE HOSTEL. Castaway tour with them its a must. Thanks for everything guys. BUFFALO !! Diego, Chile


This is absolutely the place to go in Hanoi. The Ha Long Bay tour they run is a lot of fun. Its a party for sure.


Loved staying here. Definitely a party, fun atmosphere, but it is all what you make it. We booked a private room on the 7th floor and heard no noise from the downstairs bar. Our room was so clean and the bathroom was great. Such a nice place to rest after a day in the busy streets of Hanoi. They do a good job making it feel homey there.


Really cool hostel with an outstanding atmosphere and cool vibe. Lots of backpackers and a good place to meet people, party plan your trips. So it's got the whole package.

  • 7th Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Netherlands
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Prima hostel maar net een tikje massaal en commercieel. Locatie is top en er zijn veel mogelijkheden, maar voor veel vragen ze een beetje extra geld (yoghurt bij ontbijt, bacon op je ei). Tours zijn erg gericht op party en drinken. Als je dat zoekt is dit een perfect hostel.


Great hostel, has all the facilities you want. The staff are really helpful & knowledgeable on booking trips etc. Definitely recommend the castaway trip- so much fun! Do think the booze cruise is over priced though, as includes no free booze at all.


We booked a six bed dorm and got a 12 bed dorm. That was annoying.


If you like guys in wife beaters, backwards hats and pony tails, who sleep all day and wake you up in the night then look no further, this is the place for you. The hostel is too big to meet people and feels like being on holiday in magaluf with the crowd here.


The AC in the rooms is set too hot. My room in particular was set to 25C which means it really never kicks on. I've asked them to turn it down but they rarely send someone up to correct it. They also turn it off during the day, so you can't really hang out in the room. Maybe due to their green initiative. Also, the WiFi here is so slow that it basically doesn't work. These are minor complaints for this awesome hostel. They provide free water refill stations and a free walking tour in the AM.


Decent location, awesome bunch of people, would recommend to anyone in Hanoi. The travel team are very helpful with suggesting ideas of what to do next around Vietnam. The amount of happy hours and random social gatherings are also very good for anyone who wants to meet people whilst travelling around Vietnam or asia


Wifi not working well

  • 19th Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Poland
  • Female, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Best hostel I stayed in on my trip. I had gone for a slightly cheaper one in the old quarter for the first few nights in Hanoi but it didn't compare to this. Great atmosphere.


If you wanna make party it is a good choise. For me it was not a good atmosphere, i prefer it more comfortable and not so loud and busy.


Not as impressed with this hostel as I had anticipated- seems it's more hype than substance. Stayed for two nights and ended up moving next door to the hotel which worked out cheaper for a private room with ensuite? Try not to arrive in the evening as it's like a club on the entrance floor, and I wouldn't recommend the 12 bed female dorms- really crampt, so difficult to get bags in the under bed lockers, and the bathroom constantly smelt bad. Amazing atmosphere and location though!


Great party hostel in a great section of the Old Quarter. Atmosphere in the evenings is electric. The music may turn off at 11 but know that this is a party hostel through and through.


One of the better hostels of South East Asia, very profesionally run. It is a party hostel though, so it attracts the usual suspects. Rooms are quite after 11pm though, so enough opportunity to sleep. They offer good western food at reasonable prices too. I avoided their tours since you can get them cheaper somewhere else.


If you're looking for THE party hostel in Hanoi, this is it. The facilities are also very nice and clean. The bathrooms are great. There is also a good area to chill, relax, watch movies if you want some quiet time.


Everything was amazing here, except for the wifi! Would definitely recommend here!

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